What Do Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers Have In Common? [VIDEO]
On the morning of April 5th, 1985, roughly 8000 radio stations around the world banded together at 10:25am…to broadcast “We Are The World” by the super group USA For Africa. The radio collaboration was in support of the famine in Ethiopia, while the artist collaboration was to benefit the whole continent of Africa. Needless to say, the recording with that many stars and egos didn’t go smoothly. But in the end, “We Are The World” sold over 20 million singles and quickly became the fastest-selling American pop single in history.
The song was recorded over a period of about a week with the key players like Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (the song’s co-writers) laying down the main tracks. A few nights later, following the 1985 American Music Awards, the rest of the lineup made their way over to the recording studio and pulled an all nighter. By 8am on January 29th, it was completed. More than 45 of America’s biggest artists participated in the recording, and another 50 had to be turned away. Upon entering the recording studio, the musicians were greeted by a sign on the door which read, “Please check your egos at the door.” They were also greeted by Stevie Wonder, who told everyone if the recording was not completed in one take, he and Ray Charles would drive everybody home. Since its release, “We Are the World” has raised over $63 million for humanitarian causes.
Check out the video and see who participated in this monumental song below.
La Toya Jackson